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Embark on our half-day helicopter adventures transporting you to the northern reaches of Madagascar for elevated wildlife experiences in Ankarana and Amber Mountain National Park. Follow the lead of our expert guides through dense forests in search of unique grey Tsingy rock formations, caves, rare lemur species, and endemic birdlife. Visit the world’s premier vanilla plantation to understand the complexities of this production or Tsingy Rouge for rare photographic opportunities. Explore viewpoints only reachable by helicopter and savour the remarkable views from above with sundowners in hand.

Activities

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Merely 20 minutes over turquoise seas and emerald forests lies Tattersali Camp, a unique community project run by our partners Fanamby in the Daraina reserve. Set out with our experienced guide on a short walk exploring a beautiful area well off the beaten track, in search of the Golden Crowned Sifaka, a critically endangered species found here and nowhere else.

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A lemur excursion par excellence. Anjahakely has a number of lemur species but the primary goal is to see the critically endangered Perrier’s Sifaka. This is the world’s only black lemur species, after which Fanamby’s Black Lemur Camp is named. Guests choosing this excursion over Daraina need to be relatively fit and passionate about the environment. There is also a chance to cool off in the natural pool at the foot of a waterfall.

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Ankarana is known for its extraordinary spiny limestone landscape called ‘Tsingy’ as well as its extensive underground network of caves and rivers, some of which contain crocodiles. Lemurs, chameleons and leaf-tailed geckos can be found in Ankarana’s dry, deciduous forests. This is a region of extremely high biodiversity, fossils and fascinating human history. Guests need to be fit and interested in ecology in order to get the most from this visit.

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Trek through leafy trails, chasing waterfalls in a tropical rainforest that has its own microclimate. Amber Mountain National Park is renowned for its abundant plant life with many endemic species of trees, ferns and orchids. Several species of lemur occur here and a variety of chameleon, including one of the world’s smallest vertebrates, the minute Brookesia.

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Tsingy Rouge is a photogenic phenomenon. An unusual natural geological formation of red laterite, a type of stone and soil rich in iron and other minerals. The ‘Lavaka’ were caused by the erosion of the Irodo River, leaving behind soft strata with magnificent red and white formations. A hidden gem, where the beauty is also that you are unlikely to find many other visitors.

Image credit: Rod Waddington

Tsingy Rouge

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A rare opportunity to understand the complexities of vanilla production at one of the world’s premier plantations. Vanilla is a fascinating product and Madagascar is the world’s largest producer of this valuable crop. An additional attraction is the sophisticated on-site production of essential oils for perfumery.

Floribis Vanilla

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Best Time To Go

All year round

What To Pack:

Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, lightweight shirt, hat and sunglasses

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We spent five days at Miavana. The place is just out of this world! I cannot find words to qualify it. The hotel is so so so great the island is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I know! That staff are very helpful and effective. The food is amazing!

Laya, 2018
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Extraordinary staff, very relaxing with beautiful scenery. Well after a few hours a wave of peace floated in and for the next few days we were in heaven.

Carla, 2020
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Breathtakingly beautiful and indescribably luxurious. Cannot fault or complain about absolutely anything. The staff, the food, the beautiful accommodation creates paradise within paradise. This is a one of a kind place that will exceed your highest expectations!

Marina, 2019
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My week long stay at Miavana was unparalleled in almost every aspect of luxury. Defining luxury not only in terms of great quality and exclusivity, but in terms of craftsmanship, consciousness and a unique enriching experience. The richness of the culture set the context for such unique environment, and is the pillar of every impressive distinguishing feature of the resort.

Tessa, 2019
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Miavana will exceed your expectations. We traveled to Miavana for a week in early December 2018 and had an incredible experience. The weather was perfect, the staff was attentive and there was enough activities on offer to keep us busy (honestly we could have stayed an extra week). The island is also home to a group of crowned lemurs which were amazing to see. I got my PADI open water scuba certification during our stay and the coral at the dive sites was incredible!

Ashley, 2019
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